Every year, SCA provides training, tools and projects that place motivated teens and young adults in the field to effect changes great and small. How do we measure the effects? Sometimes its through decreased CO2 levels or by the tons of trash collected or in the number of trees planted. Our success is also measured by the lessons learned, the perspective gained and the lives we transform—today and into the future. Often when the SCA project is over, the success story is just beginning. Take a look at some of our most recent accomplishments.

"My investment in SCA is the hard work of protecting our natural resources."

Posted by Staff | Monday, November 18, 2013
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, those of us at SCA reflect on all that we are thankful for - from our members, to our federal and local partners, to our generous donors who make all that we accomplish possible. 
Clydia Cuykendall has supported SCA for over 15 years,...

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Next spring, a 600-ft section of slope along Riverside Drive in upper Manhattan — badly eroded by stormwater runoff — will burst into bloom again with 850 bluebells and daffodils planted by SCA volunteers at this weekend’s ConSERVE NYC event.

On Saturday, November 9th, over 50 volunteers gathered at Riverside Park,...

Mount Rainier National Park, WA

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Thursday, October 31, 2013
Evan Escamilla, Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI), ‘09
My internship with SCA began serendipitously. As a recent business and Spanish graduate I felt somehow left behind during tough economic times, as many of my classmates were moving on to begin their careers. I found myself standing in front of...

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Wednesday, October 30, 2013

On Saturday, October 26th, SCA kicked off the ConSERVE NYC initiative with a coastal restoration project to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.

Posted by Evan Escamilla | Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Two Philadelphia crew members were chosen to be given the opportunity to join a SCA National Crew this summer after completing the Greater Philadelphia CLC program. These members joined other high school students on crews working in National Parks and federal lands across the country. The students were provided with...

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, October 30, 2013

For the 2013 Got Dirt? Photo Contest, we asked you to show us how you connect with the natural wonders we all work hard to protect. Your responses were as varied as they were impressive, and it’s been our pleasure to share some of our favorites with you over the...

Posted by Staff | Wednesday, October 30, 2013

When the organizers behind the West’s wildest music festival brought over 2000 conservation thought leaders to Austin, Texas this month for the 2nd annual SXSW Eco conference, SCA was there!

The event invited attendees to come ready to discuss their best ideas for taking on the world’s greatest environmental challenges. SCA’s...

Justin Fisch ASB Blog

Posted by Christine Remein | Tuesday, October 29, 2013

There’s a reason I keep coming back to the SCA. The work is rewarding, the food is delicious, and the locations are beautiful. But all those factors combined cannot trump the best the SCA has to offer: its people.

The SCA draws its participants from a variety of backgrounds....

Posted by Staff | Monday, October 28, 2013
Kim and Gayla Medley at Olympic National Park

“My mom stimulated our love of nature,” says Kim Medley, a professor of geography at Miami University of Ohio. “I have so many memories of amazing family camping trips and how happy we were on them.”

So it wasn’t much of a surprise in 1977 when Kim, then a...

Truths from an ASB SCA Student

Posted by Christine Remein | Monday, October 28, 2013

Callahan Mayer-Marks is 17 and hails from Tacoma Parks, MD.  She served on a community crew last year but ever since her older sister came back from a national crew with some amazing pictures from Oregon, Callahan has wanted to venture further from home.  Based on her...

SCA 1965, Olympic National Park

Posted by Staff | Monday, October 28, 2013

Charley Dickey began his path with SCA as a high school volunteer serving at Olympic National Park in 1965. Today, almost fifty years later, Mr. Dickey remains committed to SCA’s mission spending years as a member of SCA’s Board of Directors. He continues to work towards giving more young people the opportunity to gain hands-on service through SCA.

Seattle Youth End Season on the Pacific Coast

Posted by Evan Escamilla | Monday, October 28, 2013

Old Faithful members headed toward the Kalaloch Lodge ouside of the Hoh Rainforest in Olympic National Park to take part in the 13th annual Washington Coastsavers Coastal Cleanup. Youth spent three days days camping at Kalaloch Campground on the Olympic Peninsula.  During this trip the crew volunteered 40hrs at...

Posted by Evan Escamilla | Monday, October 28, 2013

Nestlé Waters teamed up with SCA at Jones Beach 

World famous Jones Beach State Park on the South Shore of Long Island hosts 6 to 8 million visitors annually on its 6.5 miles of beautiful white-sand beach on the Atlantic Ocean. Their work to erect...

Posted by Evan Escamilla | Monday, October 28, 2013

The Edmonds crew worked in the Edmonds Marsh, located near the Edmonds waterfront, 20 miles north of Seattle. This site is owned by Edmonds Dept. of Parks & Recreation. The crew worked to remove 31,000 square feet of invasive plants from the boundary of the 26 acre marsh, while also...

Posted by Staff | Thursday, October 24, 2013

A key part of the SCA member experience is learning about conservation ethics, citizenship and being of service. But what happens after the SCA hitch, that summer of service or that awesome internship?

Three SCA alums have answered that question by spearheading a grassroots fundraising effort to give back to SCA...

Posted by Staff | Thursday, October 24, 2013

After more than two weeks of being idled by the government shutdown, SCA members on federal lands were more than ready to get back to the conservation work they signed up for when national parks, forests and other sites reopened. The shutdown caused many critical and time sensitive projects to...

Posted by Evan Escamilla | Friday, October 11, 2013

For the second year in a row, SCA Youth spent three days camping at Kalaloch Campground on the Olympic Peninsula celebrating their year. This was the last trip of the year for Seattle Old Faithfuls (returning members of our community program) and when they weren’t continuing their conservation service and...

Posted by Staff | Friday, October 11, 2013

The best ideas are often inspired by nature. Mine came to me while I served as an SCA intern at Yosemite. Watch a video that shares my story of conservation and leadership. 

Posted by Evan Escamilla | Tuesday, October 1, 2013
SCA/Aramark Alumna Ila Galanti, R.D.

SCA/Aramark Alumna Ila Galanti was recently recognized by the industry site Food Service Director as an industry leader under the age of 30.

As an intern in 2011, Ila Galanti served at the University of Chicago developing the sustainable eating program.

Following completion of her internship Ila was hired full time by...

Posted by Evan Escamilla | Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The MLB Colorado Rockies and Aramark have partnered with The Institute for the Built Environment at Colorado State University and Designs by Sundown to produce a sustainable on-site garden that will provide herbs and vegetables for use in several concessions items at Coors Field, reports the Centennial Citizen. These include...



Meet some of the amazing women who blazed a trail with SCA

Our 2015 Summer Roadtrip takes you to amazing places and member stories around the country.

75000 Members have served with SCA

Throughout the Summer of 2014 we marked our 75,000th member with 75 stories of the women and men have served with SCA - read them here.

Member Bloggers

Rachelle Hedges
San Mateo County Parks
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Sarika Khanwilkar
Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge
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Elizabeth Braatz
St. Croix Wetland Management District
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Noah M Schlager
National Trails Intermountain Region
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Dakota McCoy
Yosemite National Park
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Ariel Lepito
Necedah National Wildlife Refuge
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Jessica Zamudio
Yosemite National Park
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Dana DeSousa
Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge
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Staff Bloggers

Ann Pedtke
New York City
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Joseph Thurston
Washington, DC
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Alumni Stories

Where will SCA take you?

On Wednesday, July 27th, SCA joined the National Parks Conservation Association for a joint networking happy hour.
As a Centennial Volunteer Ambassador at Padre Island National Seashore, I’ve gotten to meet some pretty cool people. Recently I...

New findings on SCA's youth impact - read about the Search Institute's study

A new multi-year study on SCA’s youth impact shows significant gains across a wide range of indicators.
Read about the Study here »

Michelle Bobowick, Interning with SCA in Yellowstone National Park, 1985
It was 1958, when our family affair with the Student Conservation Association began. Since, then our family has continued its commitment to improving the world around us through SCA.
During the summer of ’69, twenty students arrived at Great Smokey Mountains National Park ready to clear windfall damage in...
When Student Conservation Association (SCA) supporter and 1983 alumnus, Bob Kachinski, was fresh out of college, he went on what...

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